Published by: Roc
Source: Provided by publisher
Author links: sjharper.me
Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed. Now it’s time for a reckoning.
Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.
Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.
While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?
Fantastic follow up to the Fallen Series debut. I devoured this story in a day and I want the third installment RIGHT NOW!
I must admit that I didn't fall in love with Cursed. I liked it, but it wasn't a memorable story that stood apart from all of the other urban fantasy novels I've read. In fact, I don't remember many details from it at all so I stumbled along in the very beginning of Reckoning trying to recall what happened in the previous story. Eventually I got back into the groove of things and quickly reached the point where I couldn't put this book down.
I loved Emma's relationship with her partner Zack, even with the deceptions and obstacles between them. The sexual tension kept things interesting and they really did compliment each other nicely. I also loved Emma's relationship with Kallistos. He's dangerous, incredibly sexy, and doesn't apologize for being who he is. He accepts that Emma will never love him but wants her anyways and there is something strangely appealing about that.
I really enjoyed the mystery and was pleased with the way it all wrapped up in the end. There are going to be some big changes in the vampire world going forward and I can't wait to see how this will affect Emma's and Kallistos' lives.
I only have one complaint about the story and that's with Emma's unique abilities. She's a Siren, but other than her mentions of Demeter's curse and the one occasion where she used her lie-detecting skills, she comes across as just a regular human character. There is a lot of potential for originality with Emma but I feel like it's not being used. Maybe we'll see more of her Siren side in the next installment.
Reckoning has been one of my favorite urban fantasy reads this year. I'm so glad I took a chance on these authors. If you're a fan of vampires, werewolves, mysteries, and enjoy hot love triangles, then I would highly suggest reading this series.
S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic-Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.
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